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NHIA Youth Arts Lab 

NHIA YOUTH ARTS: A Laboratory for Creative Exploration

  • Are you ready to expand your creative process and your work?
  • Do you want to explore new creative techniques and materials?
  • Would you like to meet and work with other students who are artists and designers like you?

The New Hampshire Institute of Art is excited to launch a series of Summer Sessions – fun, engaging, and dynamic workshops designed for teens (13 – 18) to explore and challenge their creative potential.   With a diverse range of topics and themes, these week-long workshops allow young creatives to evolve their skills, try innovative techniques, and create a community of like-minded teens.  Each session is built around a unique theme and led by a team of accomplished faculty and visiting artists.  Session themes range from developing a portfolio, to creative writing, to exploring and experimenting with 2D, 3D and 4D.  Sharing the same structure, each session runs daily from 9am- 4pm with an optional breakfast starting at 8:30am and open studio time available until 5:00pm.

“I am thrilled to be a part of NHIA’s inaugural Youth Arts Summer Session as we expand our mission to create an immersive learning environment for our local teenagers!  With highly passionate faculty, state-of-the-art facilities and innovative programming, we have developed a true creative laboratory.  We’re committed to providing an opportunity for young people to collaborate, experiment, and critique using new perspectives and technologies to find their personal creative voice. “

-Jaclynn Hart, Director of Youth Arts

Summer Session: Developing a Visual Arts Portfolio (YSS002-MA)

July 17 – 21

Designed for experienced high school artists, this workshop will explore the process of developing of a refined portfolio.   Quality, breadth and concentration topics will be examined through digital presentations, discussions and studio work that will assist students as they begin to understand the competitive requirements for college admissions and AP testing. Students will leave with a greater understanding of what is necessary to create a successful portfolio and potential finished portfolio pieces. Emphasis will be placed on creative problem solving and how to select a topic that can support a sustained investigation.  Group critiques and activities will be conducted with an emphasis on process and the development of a theme or idea that can generate continued investigation. The Session concludes with a reception for friends and family which will showcase the students’ work.


Summer Session: Art Lab I (YSS003-MA)

July 24 – 28

Areas of focus include: painting, photography, sculpture, and book arts. 


Summer Session: Art Lab II (YSS003-MB)

July 31 – August 4

Areas of focus include: painting, digital drawing and painting, sculpture, and graphic novels. 

This creative exploration begins with students choosing a morning studio to focus on for the week.  The afternoons are a mix of collaborative and cross-disciplinary exercises using a variety of material and with the guidance of the faculty evolves into individual explorations in both 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional and 4-dimensional projects.  Experimentation is supplemented with discussion and critique, and geared toward students revealing their personal creative voice. This is the perfect opportunity for those interested in pushing their creative boundaries and advancing their work, as well as those interested in creative experimentation and learning new artistic processes. The Session concludes with a reception for friends and family which will showcase the students’ work.



General Daily Schedule (each specific Session may be slightly different)

8:30am-8:50am          arrival and optional breakfast (provided)     

9am – noon                 session programming 

noon – 1pm                 lunch and collaborative activities (lunch provided)

1pm – 4pm                 session programming

4pm- 5pm                   open studio time and light snacks (provided)



$329 (includes tuition, materials, and meals). Scholarships are available, please contact for more information.


Need-based scholarships are available. Please fill out and submit this form.


Click here to register. To contact our Youth Arts team directly, please call or email (603) 836-2119 or

Course Withdrawal and Refunds

Withdrawal from a Youth Arts Summer Session must be made in writing to Jaclynn Hart or emailed to Not attending the Summer Session does not constitute an official withdrawal.
  • 10 or more days prior to the first class: 100% refund
  • 7-9 days prior to the first class: 50% refund
  • 1-6 days prior: no refunds

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